My name is Dr. Sarah Ravin, and I am a Florida Licensed Psychologist (License # PY 8082). I work primarily with pre-teens, adolescents, and young adults who are struggling with eating disorders, body image issues, depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and self-injury. The majority of my patients are between the ages of 10 and 25, although I may see a slightly older or younger patient in certain circumstances.
As a 2008 recipient of a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, I bring a fresh perspective to my clinical work which is grounded in the latest scientific research on effective treatments. Within the past 5-10 years, there have been numerous advances in our understanding of the causes and treatment of psychological problems, and I am committed to keeping abreast of the latest developments so that I may better serve my patients. I bring natural optimism, passion, energy, and dedication to the therapeutic relationship. In turn, I am inspired and fulfilled by my patients’ insight, resilience, and capacity for growth.
Knowledge is power. Thus, psycho-education about the patient’s illness and the appropriate treatment is an integral part of my approach, particularly in the initial stages. My treatment approach is based on cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT), which has been shown in clinical studies to be more effective than other treatment methods for certain problems, such as depression, anxiety, and bulimia nervosa. In addition, I use some techniques derived from dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and acceptance and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). I work collaboratively with patients to help them solve problems, resolve symptoms, develop coping strategies, manage stress, and build skills to maintain wellness.
I have a special interest in child and adolescent eating disorders. My philosophy regarding eating disorders is based on the most recent scientific research suggesting that anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are biologically-based mental illnesses which are triggered by an energy imbalance and perpetuated by malnutrition, with emotional stress as an aggravating factor. For children and adolescents with eating disorders, I use the Maudsley Model of Family-Based Treatment (FBT), a highly practical, empirically-supported treatment which enlists the entire family as a resource in supporting the patient’s recovery. I use a modified version of FBT with young adults when appropriate.